Hey Man Nice Shot

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"Hey Man Nice Shot"
Hey Man, Nice Shot (Filter single - cover art).jpg
Single by Filter
from the album Short Bus
ReleasedJuly 18, 1995
GenreIndustrial rock,[1] alternative rock
Songwriter(s)Richard Patrick
Filter singles chronology
"Hey Man Nice Shot"

"Hey Man Nice Shot" is a song by American rock band Filter, released on July 18, 1995 as the lead single from their debut studio album Short Bus.


"Hey Man Nice Shot" is about R. Budd Dwyer's suicide.

The song was written about the public suicide of Pennsylvania state treasurer R. Budd Dwyer on January 22, 1987. Dwyer had been convicted of bribery charges in December 1986, and was expected to receive a long sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Muir. Professing his innocence and decrying the legal system, Dwyer shot himself with a .357 Magnum during a press conference [2] without injuring anyone else.

Although singer and songwriter Richard Patrick frequently clarified this in interviews, as well as the fact that he had first written the song in 1991 before the band even had a record deal, the song's popularity was augmented by a widespread perception that it was about the 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain.[2][3]

Music video[edit]

There are at least three versions of the music video for "Hey Man Nice Shot". The first version uses the album mix of the song; a second uses the promo-only remix later heard in The Cable Guy; and a third version uses the "Sober Mix". All three of these versions feature footage filmed in December 1994, with color effects being added in during the post-production of the video.

Track listing[edit]

Hey Man Nice Shot (U.S. promotional 12-inch vinyl)

  1. Hey Man Nice Shot (1/4 Pound) (5:00)
  2. Hey Man Nice Shot (1/4 Pound Instrumental) (4:59)
  3. Hey Man Nice Shot (Nickel Bag) (3:42)
  4. Hey Man Nice Shot (Big Mac) (8:41)
  5. Hey Man Nice Shot (Big Mac Instrumental) (8:43)

Hey Man Nice Shot (German Maxi-Single)

  1. Hey Man Nice Shot (Bud Gets The Lead Out) (5:14)
  2. Hey Man Nice Shot (Sawed Off Edit) (5:20)
  3. Hey Man Nice Shot (Nickel Bag) (3:43)
  4. White Like That (Dictaphone Version) (2:12)

Hey Man Nice Shot (US Maxi-Single)

  1. Sober mix (5:14)
  2. Nickel Bag mix (3:43)
  3. 1/4 Pound mix (5:00)
  4. Big Mac mix (8:41)
  5. White Like That (Dictaphone Version) (2:12)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 14


  1. ^ May 6, 1995. "Song Of The Week: Filter's "Hey Man Nice Shot"". MTV. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Richard Patrick of Filter Talks About ‘Hey Man Nice Shot’ and Kurt Cobain". KLAQ, June 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Janovitz, Bill (October 1995). "Quick Fix". CMJ New Music Monthly. p. 8. ISSN 1074-6978.

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